THE Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) has rolled out a cartographic census mapping exercise for the 2022 population and housing census, it’s fifth since independence in 1980.
According to Zimstat Director General Taguma Mahonde, prior to conducting the Population and Housing Census, it is a requirement that a cartographic census mapping exercise be carried out.
“The census cartographic field mapping exercise is carried out at the pre-enumeration stage of the population and housing census, with an objective to provide updated digital geospatial database for enumeration areas,” Mahonde said.
“The database can then be used as a basis for census planning during the pre-enumeration phase, census data collection during the enumeration phase and development of sampling frames for surveys, and dissemination of census data results during the post-enumeration phase.”
Cartographic census mapping exercise involves the subdivision of the country into small census geographic units called enumeration areas (EAs).
While a total of $1,4 billion is needed for conducting the actual census, the government last year set aside US$85 million preparation fund.
Mahonde said the census is very costly to undertake and that is the reason why it is conducted every ten years.
“Thorough and careful planning is required to ensure that the programme is implemented in an effective and efficient manner and all information collected during the census mapping exercise will be highly confidential and used for statistical purposes only,” he said.
“Zimstat officers are on the ground for the mapping exercise across all provinces and members of the public are urged to co-operate with field mappers during data collection.”
The census mapping exercise is meant to delineate enumeration areas in the country to facilitate smooth enumeration during the census period, provide the basis to estimate resources required for the census at each administrative level, and ensure that EA maps easily guide the enumerators on the households that they should cover during the census enumeration period.